Transitioning to a Monochromatic Wardrobe

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If there’s one thing I learned from my 10×10 challenge, and the No Shop April Challenge was that I love to wear black. It’s not so much that I learned this because I’ve always know that it’s my favorite color to wear; but rather, I really became hyper-aware of just how often I choose it over other choices that I have in my closet (the other choices being grey, white, and the occasional mustard or red).

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I’ve been joking with my friends (and even on Instagram) that someday I’ll be getting rid of all things non-black in my wardrobe, but the more I joked about it, the more it seemed to make sense and the less ridiculous it all seemed. Some of my friends laughed. Some of my friends asked if I would feel limited by just having one color in my whole wardrobe, to which I would respond that I think it would be the opposite. I have noticed that it has been so much easier and faster getting dressed in the morning when I just focus on the black pieces in my wardrobe. All I need to really figure out is if I want to wear separates that day, or a dress. I have found that I spend way less time fretting over what to wear, which sometimes can bring such anxiety for me especially when combined with me running late to get somewhere. I have also noticed that shopping has been easier too since I can just filter by color when I’m browsing online, and when I’m in stores, I just flock to the racks that have black items on it. I have truly found it so liberating.

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So…I did it. I have a mostly monochromatic wardrobe. I’ve gotten rid of even more things in my wardrobe. Ever since my last closet declutter, I’ve still been feeling that I have too much and that I could live with less, so I downsized again and got rid of things that were not black. I kept some striped tops (black and white of course), and some grey sweaters and cardigans. There is the occasional navy and graphic tee here and there. I kept a pair of blue jeans too, and put a few in storage just in case this is just a phase. I also kept a non-black dress or two, but for the most part, I have an almost all black wardrobe, and I’m pretty darn happy with it. Accessories wise, I definitely kept my white sneakers (it’s part of my current uniform) and some nude booties. I also kept my straw bags. this honestly didn’t take too long since I haven’t kept or bought too much color since my last purge. I can’t wait for Fall/Winter to roll around so I can purge even more.

I’m actually really looking forward to this change in my closet. I have been so happy with wardrobe since my declutter, but I’m excited to have even less than I did going forward. A lot of my friends have asked me why I wanted to make this change. I think the main reason was to avoid decision fatigue. I’m hoping that by having only one color to work with, I spend less time and energy deciding what to wear, and more on being productive and creative. Not only that, but everything matches, and I might just finally have that cohesive closet that I’ve been pining after for years. I feel confident and really good about myself in black. I feel cool and a little mysterious in black. It is simple, but it’s so easy to dress up or down. I just feel like you can’t go wrong with black. It is a quiet statement. I think Yohji Yamamoto said it best: “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.”

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One thing that did cross my mind was that my blog and Instagram might become boring if I just wear black, but I quickly dismissed that silly notion. It has been such a journey and a process to be more authentic in this corner of the internet, but I think I’ve reached the point where I do dress for me and not for the ‘gram. I’m really, really excited to continue to blog this journey towards a sustainable and monochromatic wardrobe.

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3rd season dress (unavailable online), mansur gavriel mini bucket bag, adidas stan smith sneakers,  rayban round sunglasses

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